Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.
Laura Zhou
Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.

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US envoy to North Korea arrives in Beijing to discuss ‘coordination on policies’

Stephen Biegun’s trip to China may signal Washington seeks its help breaking stalemate with Pyongyang, analyst says, a shift as it could be used for leverage in trade-war talks.

25 Mar 2019 - 7:48PM

Stephen Biegun’s trip to China may signal Washington seeks its help breaking stalemate with Pyongyang, analyst says, a shift as it could be used for leverage in trade-war talks.

US envoy to North Korea arrives in Beijing to discuss ‘coordination on policies’
Ethiopia in talks with China to ease ‘serious debt pressure’ tied to New Silk Road rail link, envoy says

Ethiopian ambassador to China Teshome Toga Chanaka insists that signing on to the Belt and Road Initiative ‘makes a lot of sense’, rejecting claims that the plan is a ‘debt trap’ for developing economies.

25 Mar 2019 - 11:42AM

Ethiopian ambassador to China Teshome Toga Chanaka insists that signing on to the Belt and Road Initiative ‘makes a lot of sense’, rejecting claims that the plan is a ‘debt trap’ for developing economies.

Ethiopia in talks with China to ease ‘serious debt pressure’ tied to New Silk Road rail link, envoy says
Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan says Beijing backs Pakistan’s efforts to manage relations with neighbours

‘No need to read too much into visit’ of Pakistan’s top diplomat, but Islamabad’s fight with India in Kashmir could threaten piece of China’s belt and road jigsaw.

19 Mar 2019 - 11:10PM

‘No need to read too much into visit’ of Pakistan’s top diplomat, but Islamabad’s fight with India in Kashmir could threaten piece of China’s belt and road jigsaw.

Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan says Beijing backs Pakistan’s efforts to manage relations with neighbours
How China hit a roadblock on its way to central and eastern Europe

The 16+1 initiative was supposed to boost trade and investment between the participants but so far it seems largely one-way, observers say.

18 Mar 2019 - 8:38AM

The 16+1 initiative was supposed to boost trade and investment between the participants but so far it seems largely one-way, observers say.

How China hit a roadblock on its way to central and eastern Europe
Chinese consumer rights show prompts action on factories turning plastic medical waste into toys

Used diapers and sanitary pads being shredded and made into new ones also among cases revealed by state broadcaster, but foreign brands were not in the cross hairs this year.

17 Mar 2019 - 9:53PM

Used diapers and sanitary pads being shredded and made into new ones also among cases revealed by state broadcaster, but foreign brands were not in the cross hairs this year.

Chinese consumer rights show prompts action on factories turning plastic medical waste into toys
The good and the bad for China in a return to US-North Korea nuclear tensions

The failed Kim-Trump talks in Hanoi allow things to stay as they are, preserving China’s regional power. But security risks tied to North Korea’s nuclear weapons threaten Chinese interests.

10 Mar 2019 - 10:35PM

The failed Kim-Trump talks in Hanoi allow things to stay as they are, preserving China’s regional power. But security risks tied to North Korea’s nuclear weapons threaten Chinese interests.

The good and the bad for China in a return to US-North Korea nuclear tensions
Why US Navy’s South China Sea operations tighten squeeze on Southeast Asian nations caught between Washington and Beijing

Escalating rivalry between major powers increases the dilemma faced by the smaller nations who fear being caught between the two sides.

5 Mar 2019 - 11:22AM

Escalating rivalry between major powers increases the dilemma faced by the smaller nations who fear being caught between the two sides.

Why US Navy’s South China Sea operations tighten squeeze on Southeast Asian nations caught between Washington and Beijing
Beijing says it can ease power and water shortages on Taiwan’s Quemoy, Matsu islands

Different social systems should not be ‘a barrier to unification or an excuse for separation’, according to mainland’s cross-strait affairs office.

2 Mar 2019 - 4:13PM

Different social systems should not be ‘a barrier to unification or an excuse for separation’, according to mainland’s cross-strait affairs office.

Beijing says it can ease power and water shortages on Taiwan’s Quemoy, Matsu islands
China Airlines pilot punished after he’s filmed sleeping in cockpit

Middle-aged man seen taking a nap mid-flight said to be senior pilot with the Taiwanese carrier. His co-pilot who took the video has also been reprimanded.

23 Feb 2019 - 10:44PM

Middle-aged man seen taking a nap mid-flight said to be senior pilot with the Taiwanese carrier. His co-pilot who took the video has also been reprimanded.

China Airlines pilot punished after he’s filmed sleeping in cockpit
China, US will ‘redouble efforts and speed up’ trade talks, Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He says

Negotiations in Washington extended for another 48 hours as the two sides try to reach a deal to end tariff war.

23 Feb 2019 - 11:24PM

Negotiations in Washington extended for another 48 hours as the two sides try to reach a deal to end tariff war.

China, US will ‘redouble efforts and speed up’ trade talks, Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He says
Chinese-British relations ‘complicated’ by South China Sea military plans

Joint US-Britain naval drill in disputed waters follows hard on the heels of Beijing anger at plans to deploy new aircraft carrier to the region.

21 Feb 2019 - 11:28PM

Joint US-Britain naval drill in disputed waters follows hard on the heels of Beijing anger at plans to deploy new aircraft carrier to the region.

Chinese-British relations ‘complicated’ by South China Sea military plans
President Tsai Ing-wen will seek re-election in 2020 to ‘complete’ Taiwan vision

Tsai says strained ties with Beijing were not key factor in local polls setback in November – rather, it was her tough reform agenda.

21 Mar 2019 - 1:46PM

Tsai says strained ties with Beijing were not key factor in local polls setback in November – rather, it was her tough reform agenda.

President Tsai Ing-wen will seek re-election in 2020 to ‘complete’ Taiwan vision
Race on in Beijing to reach China-US trade deal before time runs out on tariff truce

Top representatives from China and the US meet as deadline looms.

14 Feb 2019 - 11:12PM

Top representatives from China and the US meet as deadline looms.

Race on in Beijing to reach China-US trade deal before time runs out on tariff truce
Where? When? How? China and United States at odds over right place and time for next Xi-Trump summit

Beijing is pushing for a meeting in Hainan, a source says, while US new site reports that Washington is keen for talks in Florida.

13 Feb 2019 - 2:21PM

Beijing is pushing for a meeting in Hainan, a source says, while US new site reports that Washington is keen for talks in Florida.

Where? When? How? China and United States at odds over right place and time for next Xi-Trump summit
China Coast Guard heads to front line to enforce Beijing’s South China Sea claims

The service’s role and integration with the military has been strengthened in the last year, leaving the navy to set sights on deeper waters.

9 Feb 2019 - 11:26PM

The service’s role and integration with the military has been strengthened in the last year, leaving the navy to set sights on deeper waters.

China Coast Guard heads to front line to enforce Beijing’s South China Sea claims
US shift on South China Sea ‘grey zone’ aggression signals stronger response ahead

More pre-emptive measures expected to enforce rules against non-military Chinese vessels in contested waters as analysts urge more red lines and proactive action.

9 Feb 2019 - 11:48AM

More pre-emptive measures expected to enforce rules against non-military Chinese vessels in contested waters as analysts urge more red lines and proactive action.

US shift on South China Sea ‘grey zone’ aggression signals stronger response ahead
South China Sea: Trump military adviser calls for firmer rules to stop near misses

Admiral John Richardson says US and PLA warships need to keep their distance in disputed waters and avoid action that would escalate into full-blown clashes.

7 Feb 2019 - 10:46PM

Admiral John Richardson says US and PLA warships need to keep their distance in disputed waters and avoid action that would escalate into full-blown clashes.

South China Sea: Trump military adviser calls for firmer rules to stop near misses
Chinese state-owned broadcaster registers with US as foreign agent under anti-propaganda law

CGTN America chose to comply ‘in the spirit of cooperation with US authorities’ more than a year after Russian-backed English-language news outlet RT registered in 2017.

6 Feb 2019 - 10:25PM

CGTN America chose to comply ‘in the spirit of cooperation with US authorities’ more than a year after Russian-backed English-language news outlet RT registered in 2017.

Chinese state-owned broadcaster registers with US as foreign agent under anti-propaganda law
Chinese internet users jump on Justin Trudeau’s Lunar New Year message to chide Canadian PM over Huawei

Trudeau uses video to honour contribution of Chinese in building Canadian society, but one Weibo user calls for ‘immediate’ release of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou.

6 Feb 2019 - 10:25PM

Trudeau uses video to honour contribution of Chinese in building Canadian society, but one Weibo user calls for ‘immediate’ release of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou.

Chinese internet users jump on Justin Trudeau’s Lunar New Year message to chide Canadian PM over Huawei
China opposes US withdrawal from nuclear arms treaty with Russia, calls for negotiation

Beijing says pact is of ‘great significance … in enhancing international and regional peace’ and urges Washington and Moscow to ‘properly deal with disputes through constructive dialogue’.

2 Feb 2019 - 8:41PM

Beijing says pact is of ‘great significance … in enhancing international and regional peace’ and urges Washington and Moscow to ‘properly deal with disputes through constructive dialogue’.

China opposes US withdrawal from nuclear arms treaty with Russia, calls for negotiation
US and China may seek to extend trade war truce before Donald Trump and Xi Jinping meet to finalise deal
  • The upbeat tone after the latest round of talks in Washington has raised hopes of an agreement to cut tariffs.
2 Feb 2019 - 6:16AM
  • The upbeat tone after the latest round of talks in Washington has raised hopes of an agreement to cut tariffs.
US and China may seek to extend trade war truce before Donald Trump and Xi Jinping meet to finalise deal
White House map showing Taiwan as separate from China catches the eye of island’s internet

John Bolton and Steven Mnuchin were discussing Venezuela, but in Taiwan they were focused on something else.

31 Jan 2019 - 12:37PM

John Bolton and Steven Mnuchin were discussing Venezuela, but in Taiwan they were focused on something else.

White House map showing Taiwan as separate from China catches the eye of island’s internet
China and US face two more rounds of talks if they want to end trade war before March 1 deadline

Diplomats and observers say both sides will need more talks after the latest round of negotiations finishes in Washington this week.

30 Jan 2019 - 11:22PM

Diplomats and observers say both sides will need more talks after the latest round of negotiations finishes in Washington this week.

China and US face two more rounds of talks if they want to end trade war before March 1 deadline
China offers olive branch to Australian defence minister Christopher Pyne
  • Beijing tries to improve military relations with key US ally amid its growing rivalry with Washington.
29 Jan 2019 - 2:43AM
  • Beijing tries to improve military relations with key US ally amid its growing rivalry with Washington.
China offers olive branch to Australian defence minister Christopher Pyne
Beijing tells Washington to abide by ‘one China’ principle after US Navy’s Taiwan passage

Chinese government asks US to act ‘responsibly’ as both sides take increasingly confrontational stance on self-ruled island

26 Jan 2019 - 6:20AM

Chinese government asks US to act ‘responsibly’ as both sides take increasingly confrontational stance on self-ruled island

Beijing tells Washington to abide by ‘one China’ principle after US Navy’s Taiwan passage
China, Australia defence ministers talk closer military ties as Australian writer Yang Hengjun held in Beijing

Wei Fenghe and Christopher Pyne set to sign accord on military ties, but diplomatic and strategic difficulties between China and Australia are close to the surface.

25 Jan 2019 - 11:01PM

Wei Fenghe and Christopher Pyne set to sign accord on military ties, but diplomatic and strategic difficulties between China and Australia are close to the surface.

China, Australia defence ministers talk closer military ties as Australian writer Yang Hengjun held in Beijing
Huawei: Was Canadian ambassador John McCallum trying to defuse Beijing’s anger when he said Meng Wanzhou had ‘strong case’ against extradition?

John McCallum’s remarks that CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou has a strong case against extradition to the US have divided analysts.

25 Jan 2019 - 12:14AM

John McCallum’s remarks that CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou has a strong case against extradition to the US have divided analysts.

Huawei: Was Canadian ambassador John McCallum trying to defuse Beijing’s anger when he said Meng Wanzhou had ‘strong case’ against extradition?
Philippines bridges troubled South China Sea waters by sending first ship to join PLA Navy fleet review

Philippine defence secretary says Manila will join Beijing’s ‘confidence building’ operations, while analyst expects move to calm South China Sea dispute.

23 Jan 2019 - 7:27AM

Philippine defence secretary says Manila will join Beijing’s ‘confidence building’ operations, while analyst expects move to calm South China Sea dispute.

Philippines bridges troubled South China Sea waters by sending first ship to join PLA Navy fleet review
Chinese outbound projects plunge, investors pull back from US

US think tank warns continued ‘financial strain’ may put the brakes on Beijing’s global trade and infrastructure programme.

21 Jan 2019 - 10:34PM

US think tank warns continued ‘financial strain’ may put the brakes on Beijing’s global trade and infrastructure programme.

Chinese outbound projects plunge, investors pull back from US
China faces backlash as it bids to rekindle stalled US$3.6 billion Myitsone Dam project

Ethnic community leaders in Kachin state speak out against Beijing’s efforts to restart project suspended since 2011.

20 Jan 2019 - 10:33PM

Ethnic community leaders in Kachin state speak out against Beijing’s efforts to restart project suspended since 2011.

China faces backlash as it bids to rekindle stalled US$3.6 billion Myitsone Dam project